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A 3 month program helping tech startups in Orlando through educational events, mentorship, office space, and a demo day. Read more

Orlando, FL Technology
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A 3 month program helping tech startups in Orlando through educational events, mentorship, office space, and a demo day.

Orlando, FL Technology
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About this project

Last year I started Orlando’s first 3 month tech accelerator, and this year (with your help) I’d like to do it again. Please watch the video above to learn more.

What is Starter Studio?

Starter Studio provides tech startups a free place to work with amenities, access to a growing list of mentors & investors, educational events catered to their needs, and publicity to get their name known. What do we ask in return for this? Nothing except their hard work on their own startups.

Are you trying to make money from this tech accelerator?

No, this is a passion project of mine to help grow more tech startups in Orlando, there is no equity taken from the startups that are admitted. Last time we ran Starter Studio we were able to attract a good number of sponsors to cover costs, but it still wasn’t quite enough to pay for everything we wanted to do.

This time around we thought we’d open up sponsorship to individuals who believe in our cause, and want to help us grow the startup ecosystem here in Orlando.

When is the program starting (assuming we get funded)?

  • February 11 - Applications Open 
  • April 10 - Startups notified of acceptance 
  • May 1 - New Program Starts 
  • August 13 - Demo Day

What are you raising money for?

  • Rent (~$2,500 / month) - We want to give startups a free place to work. 
  • Amenities (~$500 / month) - Internet, coffee, snacks, etc 
  • Event costs (~$1,000) - Opening Party & Demo Day have costs associated (equipment, sodas, snacks, & signage).

Notice there is no mention on here of personnel costs. Like I said, this is a passion project. $10,000 will get us to this point, but there are other things we’d like to do and could do with extra funds.

Stretch Goals

$15,000 - We will pay a part time program coordinator, to provide even more value to the startups. Last year we didn’t have the money to do this.

$17,500 - We will buy the equipment to film all the educational events in the space, and post them on the Starter Studio website.

$20,000 - We will create 2 behind the scenes videos detailing the startups journey’s through the program.

Who are you?

My name is Gregg Pollack, and I’m the founder of Envy Labs, a web development consultancy, and Code School, and online learning platform for developers and designers. Aside from Starter Studio, I founded the Orlando Ruby Users Group, BarCamp Orlando, and the Orlando Tech Events Newsletter. All initiatives to help build the Orlando Tech Scene.

What kinda stuff do I get for pledging?

Glad you asked!

$29 - Event Tickets

At this level you’ll get 1 ticket to both our opening party Thursday, May 1st, our Demo Day Wednesday, August 13th, and/or our online streamed Demo Day for those of you not in Orlando Friday, August 8th.

$59 - T-Shirt

You’ll get one ticket to both events plus an official Starter Studio Second Class T-Shirt.

$95 - Starter Supporter

Everything above, plus you’ll get your name on the wall at Starter Studio, on our website, and in the program at Demo Day.

$195 - Starter Activist

Everything above, plus you’ll be invited to a demo day practice session, giving you opportunity to help our startups improve before their big demo day, and network with them exclusively before anyone else.

$495 - Starter Champion

Everything above, plus you’ll get your a guaranteed invitation to our mentor round robin event in early May, where you’ll get to meet each of our startups early in their journey and give them feedback on their ideas.

$995 - Supporting Sponsor

  • Name or logo on website
  • Name or logo on t-shirt
  • Logo on Sponsor Wall
  • 4 Invitations to Opening Party & Demo Day

$2495 - Exclusive Sponsor

  • Featured logo on Sponsor Wall & T-shirt
  • Mention at the start of each community event. 
  • Access to the Coworking space to stop by and work. 
  • 4 More Invitations to Opening Party & Demo Day

$4995 - Title Sponsor

  • All of the above. 
  • Mention of company on each newsletter. 
  • 2 Minute Keynote speaker at Demo Day. 
  • 4 More Invitations to Opening Party & Demo Day

Any other questions?

Feel free to reach out!  You can reach me (Gregg Pollack) at Gregg@StarterStudio.com or if you have sponsorship questions, please reach out directly to Brian@StarterStudio.com.

Risks and challenges

The fact that we have run this program before successfully, gives me the confidence we can do it again if we can receive the support we need to make it happen.

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    Event Tickets!

    You’ll get tickets to both our opening party Thursday, May 1st, our Demo Day Wednesday, August 13th, and our online streamed Demo Day for those of you not in Orlando, Friday, August 8th.

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    Event Tickets + T-shirt!

    You’ll get one ticket to both events plus an official Starter Studio "Second Class" T-Shirt.

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    Starter Supporter.
    Everything above, plus you’ll get your name on the wall at Starter Studio, on our website, and in the program at Demo Day.

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    Starter Activist.
    Everything above, plus you’ll be invited to a demo day practice session, giving you opportunity to help our startups improve before their big demo day, and network with them exclusively before anyone else.

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    Starter Champion.
    Everything above, plus you’ll get your a guaranteed invitation to our mentor round robin event in early May, where you’ll get to meet each of our startups early in their journey and give them feedback on their ideas.

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    Supporting Sponsor. Your Name or Logo on website, t-shirt, and sponsor wall. 4 Invitations to Opening Party & Demo Day.

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    Exclusive Sponsor.
    Featured Logo on Sponsor Wall & T-shirt, mention at the start of each community event, access to the Co-working space to stop by and work. 4 More Invitations to Opening Party & Demo Day.

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    Title Sponsor.
    All of the Exclusive Sponsor's benefits, mention of company on each newsletter, 2 Minute Keynote speaker at Demo Day, 4 More Invitations to Opening Party & Demo Day.

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